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What are the Different Types of Body Lotion?

Body lotions come in various formulations to cater to different skin needs. There are hydrating lotions rich in emollients for dry skin, lightweight formulas for oily skin, and even medicated versions for specific conditions like eczema. Fragranced and organic options abound, too. Curious about which lotion is your perfect match? Let's explore the possibilities and find your skin's best ally.
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

There are many kinds of body lotion on the market. With body lotion for aging skin, for sagging skin, for dry skin, for blemished skin, for cellulite, and for stretch marks, it seems like there are a dozen lotions on the market for every skin complaint. All of the kinds of body lotion can usually be broken down into two main categories — lotions that are intended to keep healthy skin moisturized and work to keep the skin healthy and lotions that are intended to reverse some kind of damage that the skin has experienced.

Body lotion that is intended to keep healthy skin moisturized and well comes in both scented and unscented varieties. Sometimes the scented varieties also offer aromatherapeutic benefits. This kind of lotion is also made with a number of ingredients for addressing various needs. Some people, for example, prefer to only use organic products. For these people there are lotions that are formulated using all organic ingredients or a majority of organic ingredients.

Body lotions should be selected based on a person's skin type.
Body lotions should be selected based on a person's skin type.

There is more variation in the kinds of body lotion used to treat different forms of skin damage. Body lotion with aloe, for example, is a product that can be used to treat skin that has been burned either by heat or by prolonged sun exposure. Lotion that is made with cocoa butter is often used to treat skin is lined with stretch marks, which may be the result of pregnancy or weight gain. There are also lotions that can be used to help treat acne, which sometimes effects the skin on the back and shoulders.

Aloe gel has a calming effect on the skin.
Aloe gel has a calming effect on the skin.

Cellulite body lotion is used to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is normally used on the upper legs, thighs, and buttocks. Sometimes it is also used on the upper arms. Lotion that is intended to help firm the skin is also used in similar areas. While these lotions may help to make cellulite less visible and to make the body look a bit firmer, they are not miracle potions. Rather, they should be used along with a healthy diet and regular exercise to help reduce cellulite and tone the body.

The price of body lotion varies depending on the ingredients and the results that it promises. Some lotions can cost as little as $2 USD (US Dollars) for a family sized bottle. High-end brands are much more expensive.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for BeautyAnswered, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for BeautyAnswered, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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Talentryto

If you are looking for a body lotion that provides moisture for several hours, a natural lotion that contains milk and honey is the best option. Several companies make this type of lotion, and it is available at most stores.

Ocelot60

My two favorite kinds of body lotion are cocoa butter lotion and baby lotion. Both types are soothing to dry, chapped skin, and are also good choices for people with sensitive skin.

For the best results, I like to use baby lotion in the winter because it is rich and moisturizing. In the summer months, I prefer to use lotion that contains cocoa butter because it is nice to smooth all over your body after a day in the sun. It also has the smell of summer!

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    • Body lotions should be selected based on a person's skin type.
      By: Africa Studio
      Body lotions should be selected based on a person's skin type.
    • Aloe gel has a calming effect on the skin.
      By: sassyphotos
      Aloe gel has a calming effect on the skin.
    • Lotion that is made with cocoa butter is often used to treat stretch marks on the skin.
      By: maska82
      Lotion that is made with cocoa butter is often used to treat stretch marks on the skin.
    • There are lotions that can be used to treat acne that's on the back.
      By: AustralisPhotography
      There are lotions that can be used to treat acne that's on the back.
    • Hand lotions containing vitamin E can be especially beneficial for people with dry skin.
      By: Elenathewise
      Hand lotions containing vitamin E can be especially beneficial for people with dry skin.